NZ names 7s teams for Rio
All Black Sonny Bill Williams has revealed his feelings when told he was going to the Rio Olympics as part of the men’s sevens squad, and said the biggest cheer in his household came when the news was confirmed his sister Niall was going too. It was confirmed yesterday at an announcement at Eden Park that the two Williams siblings would wear the black jersey at the Games next month, with Niall selected in the New Zealand women’s squad. For Sonny Bill, 30, a two-time World Cup winner, former league player and keen boxer, it is the continuation of an incredible sporting story. For Niall, 28, it is the culmination of a dream which saw the mother of two young girls switch from a successful touch background to the crash and bash of sevens rugby. “Just seeing where she’s come from, a mother of two - when she first started her journey she wasn’t contracted so she would get up in the early hours and do her training and look after the girls and then train again at night. I’m pretty proud of her,” he said. “I was happy when I got the phone call but the biggest cheer we had in our house was when we found out my sister made it, so we’re really proud of her.”
Sonny Bill said he felt for those, including his former Chiefs teammate Liam Messam, who didn’t make the squad. “I’m really proud of making this team, but I’m also very aware of the boys who didn’t make it. I’m feeling for them. NZ Herald
The New Zealand Olympic women’s rugby sevens team.
Sonny Bill Williams with sister Niall Williams, will be representing New Zealand at the 2016 Rio Olympics.